Review: Darjeeling Second Flush

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Thumbs up!"This is a quality, flavorful 2nd flush that will definitely appeal to any Darjeeling fan, no question."
Dan’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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weareteadarjeeling"Tea", the London outfit with the 'funny' name, prides themselves on selection, quality, and ambience. They also do their best to extract any dauntingness or mystery or confusion out of the world of fine tea, and spread the word about tea excellence to the masses. A fine goal indeed. They seem to be, first and foremost, a destination. A quaint little tea shop / teahouse, nestled in the shadow of world-famous St. Paul's Cathedral. You gotta love an establishment that offers a separate "elevenses" menu between breakfast and lunch. Only in Great Britain...

One of Tea's most celebrated black tea offerings (winner of two gold stars at the 2009 Great Taste Awards - the UK's foremost food awards via the Guild of Fine Food) is their 2nd Flush Darjeeling. This tea is pretty much always harvested in June, and is famously referred to as the "champagne of tea".

The leaves in this tea are generally broken, and a mix of mahogany browns, grey-er tones, earth-colored leaf bits, and a peppering of tippy grey/white leaves for good measure. On the nose, the dried leaf has a nutty chocolate hint to it.

The cup is a rich amber hue. The aroma is rich, and matches the taste as well - muscatel, as expected, with slight, hoppy astringency, and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant. It leaves the palette with a "minty" mouthfeel - not minty TASTE, but an overall cooling sensation. A second cup brewed up is every bit as satisfying as the first. Score!

This is a quality, flavorful 2nd flush that will definitely appeal to any Darjeeling fan, no question.

— To purchase Darjeeling Second Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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